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Price of bread to go up by GHC 1

Price of locally manufactured bread will from next week Monday shoot up by one Ghana cedis (GHC1.00), executives of Ashanti Regional Flour Users Association have announced.

The soon to be effected increment in prices was sparked by the recent hikes in the market prices of flour and other products used in the baking of bread.

The new price per the decision of executives will not affect only bread but all pastries and consumable products made with flour.

Speaking exclusively with the President of the Association Madam Comfort Akotua, she indicated that the market price tagged on flour by flour milling companies has imposed an untold hardship on their business as their cost of bread production at the moment has gone up.

She told this journalist that a bag of flour which was sold to them by flour millers at the cost of GH 120 has now increased to GH 160, adding that within the space of one month prices of flour has witnessed increment for more than five times.

This she underlined has affected most players since majority are currently running at a loss, hence their decision to increases prices of bread and all other pastries.

Sharing his ordeal, the Director for Shallom Bakery Mr. Agyekum Michael disclosed that he sometimes run at a loss and has to cut down production in other to survive.

Apart from flour, prices of sugar, liquified petroleum gas, firewood, milk, butter plus other essentials needed for the baking of bread have gone up, cautioning that if government does not intervene, several players in the baking industry will quit the business.

Chief Executive Officer for Okyeso Nyame Bakery Madam Mavis Kwagyiri-Stiles also called on government to assist by subsidizing the prices of bakery products.

Source: Thepressradio.com

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Poor records and non-existent data pose challenge to debt recovery – Governor

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Poor records and non-existent data pose challenge to debt recovery – Governor

Dr Ernest Yedu Addison, the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, has stated that poor records and non-existent data has become a major challenge to receivers of the nine collapsed banks to recover debts owed to people and institutions.

He said out of the total loan debt of GH¢ 10.1 billion owed to people and institutions by these banks prior to the revocation of their licenses, only GH¢ 731 million have been recovered through loan repayment by customers, placement, liquidation of bonds and income and other income sources, leaving a balance of about GH¢ 9.3 billion yet to be recovered.

Dr Addison, addressing issues on the Banking Sector reforms at the fourth CEO Summit in Accra, said the difficulties had limited the effectiveness of the receivership process and delayed its outcomes.

He the situation had led to an engagement of the judicial system by the receivers to help in the recovery of certain assets from shareholders, directors and other loan defaulters.

He said there were currently about 50 cases pending before various courts across the country, but despite the efforts, the recovery process was being challenged by acts of some individuals involved, who had resorted to some measures to frustrate the system.

Dr Addison mentioned some of the challenges to include poor records, which made it difficult for receivers to identify and pursue some of the loan defaulters due to insufficient or non-existent information on their transactions.

He further explained that investigations so far had shown that some assets were not registered in the names of the financial institutions, but in the names of connected parties, making it difficult to dispose the underlined collaterals to offset their outstanding loans.

The Governor underscored the critical role of the judiciary in ensuring efficient adjudication in commercial cases, but said the country would not be able address some of the problems associated with the poor structural regime concerning Non-Performing Loans if the courts failed to adjudicate some of these cases with speed.

He recommended the possibility of setting up special courts to adjudicate matters relating to the specific issues arising out of the banks resolutions and revocation of licenses, as well as issues relating to collateral.

Dr Addison said a swift and fair judicial system would enhance the efforts being made by the Central Bank to bring some sanity into the banking sector, by fighting against financial crime including money-laundering.

Mr Ernest De-Graft Egyir, the Chief Executive of the Ghana CEO Network, thanked the Governor for shedding more light on what was going on in the banking sector, in order to ensure good corporate governance among the leadership of institutions.

He said the Summit on the theme: “The Futuristic Economy: Technology-Driven Future of Business and Governance for Economic Transformation,” had become necessary for discussions because the world of business and governance was at the threshold of transformation driven by emerging technologies.

He said the emerging technologies were profoundly changing the world of work, with regards to jobs, skills, education, industry, manufacturing, business models and economies among others, and CEOs must strategise to meet the demands and challenges that may arise from this transition.

Source: ghananewsagency.org

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BoG had 7 days worth of imports before requesting Fund’s support – IMF

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BoG had 7 days worth of imports before requesting Fund’s support – IMF

The International Monetary Fund’s Resident Representative to Ghana says when Ghana officially requested for the Fund’s support back in 2014, the country only had around seven days’ worth of imports in net foreign exchange reserves, equivalent to $400 million.

In an article, Dr Albert Touna-Mama said, “When Ghana officially requested the Fund support on August 8, 2014, the cedi had depreciated by 40 per cent, inflation was in the double-digits, and the Bank of Ghana only had around seven days’ worth of imports in net foreign exchange reserves, equivalent to $400 million.”

He added, “In the first half of 2014, the fiscal deficit was almost exclusively financed by BoG printing money for an amount equivalent to 22 per cent of the previous year’s fiscal revenue, compared with a target of only 5 per cent, as alternative financing sources were drying up fast. Interest rates stood at around 24–25 per cent on domestic debt.”

According to Dr Touna-mama, “The generous terms of the Fund financing provided Ghana with the needed breathing space to avoid resorting to measures that are harmful to national prosperity.”

“For instance, the Government was able under the programme not to accrue new arrears while at the same time adopting a clearance plan to deal with legacy arrears.”

The IMF Executive Board approved a $918 million loan to Ghana in 2015 to support a reform program aimed at faster growth and job creation while protecting social spending.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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Government has hinted of plans to offload part of its shares in some state enterprises onto the Ghana stock market.

The move is part initiative to power the private sector to hold a majority stake in some of the state enterprises. The government believes offloading the shares will maximise the profit of the enterprises.

In an interview with Joy FM, Chief Executive of the State Enterprises Commission Stephen Asamoah Boateng said discussions with the finance ministry are far advanced to float some of the state enterprises on the stock market.

The Chief Executive in the interview refused to disclose the possible state enterprises to be listed on the stock market.

“We are now preparing the grounds to see which ones are potentially good to float on the stock market so that Ghanaians can also buy into it, I am more relax in terms of getting the fundamentals right, now the new authority coming in need to get the structures going..”

He also explained the conversion of the commission into an authority and its centralisation.

“The other ministries which give policy directions sometimes they assume the role of ownership and you have the state enterprise setting there, the divestiture implementation committee so there were adverse authorities everywhere we have to bring everything under one authority to centralise it to have an oversight role and that authority then reports to the others including parliament.”

Source: primenewsghana.com

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